Airport closure comes amidst major travel disruption across the UK.

Airport news for Gatwick,Flights on 02/12/2010.

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As heavy snow has led to serious travel disruption across Britain, the treacherous conditions have forced the closure of Gatwick airport. Motorways were blocked overnight on Tuesday and passengers were left stranded on several trains as an early winter storm wreaked havoc with roads, railways and air services.

The second-busiest airport in the UK had to close on Tuesday, after heavy snowfall overcame efforts to keep runways clear. As a result of regular bouts of fresh snowfall, flights were not expected to resume until at least 6am this morning.

International rail travel was also disrupted. Eurostar services were delayed by as much as an hour. Delays were caused by heavy snowfall in both England and France. Large numbers of train services elsewhere in the UK were cancelled because of the conditions, causing significant disruption to railway timetables across Scotland, England’s east coast and on London commuter networks.

Motorways from Kent to Yorkshire were blocked by accidents in the heavy conditions. Both the Forth road bridge and Kent’s Dartford crossing were closed. The A1 northbound was closed at Catterick in North Yorkshire. Part of the M3 was also shut.

Though some travel services should clear today, the respite is not expected to last long. Cold north-easterly winds are expected to bring further waves of snowfall from Scandinavia over the rest of the week and bitterly cold temperatures are forecast to remain at least until next week.

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